Funding to design and construct a new Octocopter has been granted by the Melbourne School of Land and Environment to Dr Sigfredo Fuentes (Funding: AUD$ 60K). Part of this funding (AUD$ 20K) will be used to construct a customised Octocopter for plant water status and growth monitoring using infrared, multispectral and stereoscopic visible cameras.

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The rest of the funding will be used to buy a Microphazir NIR spectrometer for grapevines, grape and wine research at MSLE:

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